Nokia is aiming to make a bigger splash in the mobile market by releasing its first-ever phablet and tablet this year, two among the six final consumer devices that Nokia will ever debut. On Tuesday Nokia announced its new Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 phablets as well as its Lumia 2520 tablet. As previous leaks suggested, the Lumia 1520 features a 6-inch 1080p display, a 20-megapixel PureView camera, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and Windows Phone 8. The Lumia 1320, meanwhile, is the same size as the Lumia 1520 but its display is only 720p and it has just a 5-megapixel camera without PureView technology. The Lumia 1520 will carry an off-contract price of $749 while the Lumia 1320 will have an off-contract price of $339. The Lumia 1520 will be released in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2013 while the Lumia 1320 will be targeted more toward emerging markets. More →
It would appear that Nokia is planning on expanding its hardware lineup rather extensively in the near future. Last Thursday, a patent and subsequent video revealed Nokia’s frist attempt at a smartwatch, complete with six screens and interchangeable pieces, and now an image has leaked that seems to show off an MP3 player from the cellphone maker as well. The image comes courtesy of @evleaks, along with the supposed codename, “Guru.” The infamous Twitter leaker claims that the Nokia Guru will be competition for the iPod shuffle, with NFC (near field communication) capacity built in — though shortly after the image appeared online, @evleaks retweeted The Verge’s Tom Warren who posited that the Guru would end up being a bluetooth headset rather than a media player. Nokia’s media event is only one day away, so don’t be surprised to see some brand new hardware from the newly acquired company, including whatever the Guru turns out to be.
It’s a good thing that we already know pretty much everything there is to know about Nokia’s Lumia 1520 because it’s very unlikely that we’ll be awake at 3 a.m. on Tuesday to tune into Nokia’s big announcement. And just in case we needed any further confirmation about information we’ve previously learned about the Lumia 1520, Nokia has done us the favor of accidentally leaking out information about the device onto its own Chinese retail website. As Engadget notes, Nokia’s Chinese Tmall page this week has posted information about the Lumia 1520 that confirms what we’ve heard about its specifications, including a 6-inch, 1080p display and a 20 megapixel PureView camera. The device is also priced at 4,999 Yuan (USD $819), although Engadget cautions that this might just be a placeholder. More →
Nokia’s bet on Windows Phone may finally be paying off. The Wall Street Journal reports that Nokia sold more than 8 million Lumia devices during the third quarter this year, more than double the number it sold over the same quarter in 2012 and more than its previous record of 7.4 million sold in the second quarter of 2013. Nokia has been the only manufacturer to devote significant resources to making Windows Phone devices and one firm estimates that Nokia devices account for 88% of all Windows Phones in use. Although it’s had trouble cracking the high-end smartphone market dominated by Apple and Samsung, Nokia has done very well in selling low and mid-tier devices such as the Lumia 520 in emerging markets.
We now know pretty much all the major details on Nokia’s first foray into phablets. @evleaks has posted a list of specifications for the “Nokia Bandit,” which is a codename for the upcoming Lumia 1520 smartphone that will be the largest touch-screen device Nokia has ever released. Among other things, the Lumia 1520 will feature a Snapdragon 800 processor, a 6-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, a 20 megapixel PureView camera and storage between 16GB and 32GB. @evleaks also says that the device will come in black, white and yellow, which will make it a perfect device to bring with you to Stryper reunion concerts. Nokia is widely expected to unveil the Lumia 1520 on October 22nd.
Although there were already rumors that Nokia had a smartwatch of its own in the works, a patent filing and a subsequent video demonstration have unveiled Nokia’s work-in-progress wrist tech in full. The patent for a “multi-segment wearable accessory” was made public on Thursday, revealing Nokia’s plans to design a smartwatch in order to compete with every other smartphone manufacturer already hard at work on their own wearable tech. More →
Nokia has been a household name around the world ever since it burst on to the mobile scene and helped shape the industry as we know it today. Then, the company was steamrolled by Apple and Google. Nokia will soon begin to gradually disappear from the general public’s eye as its devices and services businesses are absorbed by Microsoft. There are still a bunch of near-complete products in the company’s pipeline though, and it seemingly plans to spill them all out on the tablet during the Nokia World conference later this month. Among them is a parting gift to the world. One device in particular that illustrates just how badly Nokia lost its way toward the end. What is it, exactly? A day-glo version of Microsoft’s $1 billion flop. More →
HTC’s disastrous Q3 performance has triggered speculation about how the company may try its luck in the Windows Phone market after getting clobbered by tough Android rivals. Microsoft may be considering waiving its licensing fee to keep HTC involved in Windows device design. HTC is also widely expected to finally pivot towards cheaper price points now that its premium phone strategy has seemingly gone up in flames. The problem with all this is that price competition in the budget Windows Phone market is going to be intolerable to HTC considering its quarterly smartphone shipment volume hovers around 6 million units. More →
Microsoft’s decision to buy Nokia’s handset division signaled its intention to build its own smartphone hardware but this still isn’t enough to get Candy Crush Saga onto the Windows Phone platform. In an interview with Bloomberg, King game designer Tommy Palm says that his company is still taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to bringing its hugely popular game Candy Crush Saga to Microsoft’s mobile operating system. Specifically, he and other app developers tell Bloomberg that they need to see Microsoft grow the Windows Phone user base enough to make it worth their time and money. More →
Over the past 600 years, the tiny town of Nokia, Finland has flirted with greatness twice… only to see “Nokia” become extinct twice, first as a silky smooth mammal coveted by czars, then as a sleek consumer electronics product that helped shape the mobile phone industry. More →
As Nokia has gradually converted to the Windows Phone platform, the Symbian and MeeGo operating systems have begun to fade from public consciousness. In what might be the death knell for both, Nokia has been emailing developers to alert them that it will no longer support Symbian or MeeGo after 2013 ends, according to Maemo.org. Anyone with a Symbian or MeeGo phone will still be able to download applications, but no new apps or updates to apps will be made available starting next year. “We are very excited about the opportunities available with Asha and Windows Phone, and hope that you will bring your talents to these platforms,” said the Nokia Developer Team. “We believe that these changes will help improve our ability to support you as you develop fantastic apps for your customers.”
Nokia may be on its way out of the consumer hardware business but it looks like the company plans to go out with a bang. A handful of new Lumia smartphones will reportedly be unveiled toward the end of October at the Nokia World conference in Abu Dhabi, and a new Windows RT tablet is seemingly in store as well, though we really have no idea why. Now a new report from the Far East suggests that Nokia has a smartwatch in store to round out its collection of parting gifts for consumers. The report comes from C Technology, which has published accurate details and photos of numerous unannounced devices in the past, and it includes a pair of leaked images that supposedly show the sides of Nokia’s upcoming smartwatch case. Little can be gleaned from the photos, however it appears as though the smartwatch will be made out of the same polycarbonate as Nokia’s Lumia phones. Both leaked pictures follow below. More →
Now that we have an official date for Nokia’s press conference, it shouldn’t be long before the Nokia Lumia 1520 is finally publicly revealed. Several photos and press images of Nokia’s phablet have leaked over the last few months, along with rumored specifications that include a 6-inch, full HD display, quad-core processor, 20-megapixel camera and an updated Windows Phone 8 OS. Although there might not be much information left to divulge, @evleaks posted yet another press photo of the Lumia 1520, this time in red, stating that it would be available in 2013. We will have to wait until October 22nd to find out for sure, but considering the very first Lumia 1520 leak appeared to show the smartphone in red, there’s not much reason to doubt this leak’s validity. Check out the photo below. More →